So what is Pilates? Pilates is a mind-body art and practice. One of the reasons it is an art is because any of the movements can be modified to suit individual needs at any given time. This is why professional dancers and athletes who are injured gravitated to this practice for recovery, restoration and injury prevention. These goals are also important for ordinary people like you, me and my clients because we too want to recover and prevent injury so we can enjoy our lives to the fullest.
We call it a practice because like with most art forms, the more you repeat the exercises, the better you get at doing them. There are deep mind-body connections or neuromuscular connections fairly unique to Pilates that take time to develop. And establishing these neuromuscular connections are what is necessary for mastery. Even at the age of 59 and after over 20 years of practice, I still have to be consistent about my practice, because like all skills, if you don't use it, you lose it. And, being in tune with and able to connect with our deepest core muscles is much too valuable a skill to lose as this affects our ability to move well and live our lives to the fullest.